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Biscuits and Gravy

Mmmm.  I love biscuits and gravy, and so does Adam, so it is usually a safe choice when I don’t know what else to make.

I really like to make everything homemade, but I usually have the same problem with biscuits and gravy as I do with pizza dough, something doesn’t go right.  Every time I make homemade sausage gravy, the gravy gets hard like paste…yuck.  So I have been buying bag mixes (just add water).  Adam does not like this kind of gravy, but at least this way it is edible.

Well, I am determined that my gravy problems will stop tonight.  The Pioneer Woman has a biscuits and gravy recipe and I’m going to make it for dinner tonight and I really hope it works.

So here’s hoping.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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Thursday-Morning Tell-About

I cannot believe that it is Thursday already!  This week has gone by so fast.

My Movie Queue: Around the World in 80 Days, Cold Mountain, There will be blood
Pages left to read in my current book:   I’m reading several books and I’m not very far in any of them.
I have made: nothing.  I have been too busy
I have worked on: stretching and exercising my shoulder
Food made: Sloppy Joes.  Tonight I’m making chicken kabobs on the grill–yum!
Goals checked off: none this week.
Games played: Sudoku?
Favorite Pinterest pin:

Total Blog views since last Thursday:  101–I must have been boring this week
Number of snow days: 0
Movies Watched: 1-Melinda and Melinda (this is the fewest movies I’ve watched in a week in a long time)
Books read: The Host, For Parents Only, All for Jesus, For Parents Only, For Women Only: in the workplace, the cure, sandwich with a side of romance, the hound of rowan
This week I love: warm weather
This week I hate: being a staff member on Terrific Tuesday

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What a Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend was a wonderfully long one.  Adam’s family arrived on Thursday night.  We were so happy that they could come and visit!  It was their first visit to our apartment in the Village, and we made sure it was clean and cute for them.  They were at the apartment when I got off work.  I got to make them dinner, which I was very excited about.  I love to cook and to have people over.  I made Chicken Tortilla Soup, which is one of our favorites, complete with homemade corn bread.  Yum!

Adam and I both got Good Friday off from school/work, so we got to spend the entire day with his family.  We ate good food, played some games, and enjoyed each others company.  Adam’s family had to leave on Saturday, which was much too soon for us.  After they left, Adam and I went for a walk, I went to the grocery store, and we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing and hanging out together, which we don’t get to do very often.

Sunday morning our church combined with two other churches for a sunrise service.  The service started at 6:30, and our goal was to leave the apartment at 6AM.  Well, our alarm clock didn’t go off, so we didn’t get up until six! Yikes!  Adam and I got up, showered, and got ready, left the apartment, and we were only late by 5 minutes.  Yes, we are just that good.  We both really enjoyed the sunrise service.  Afterwards, we had breakfast and went back to our apartment for a nap.  I was feeling pretty sick after our nap, so Adam went back to church without me.  And luckily the extra sleep did me a lot of good.  My migraine went away, and I was feeling a lot better.

Our neighbors, Brandon and Tiffany, invited us over for Easter lunch, and it was delicious.  It was a great time of food and fellowship.  In the afternoon, Adam and I watched a movie, and then Lauren came over and watched Les Miserables with me.  It is so beautiful.  Then we went with our husbands to Applebees.  It was such an amazing weekend, and I didn’t want it to end!  Even though it is going to be a short work week for me, I still wanted more weekend!

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I hope you all have been having a great Easter weekend.  We were blessed with a good sunrise service this morning and rejoicing in Christ’s death and resurrection.  I wanted to share some cooking things I did this weekend:

With me being super paranoid now about all foods because of my nut allergy, I have been making some things homemade this weekend.

I made some homemade salsa yesterday and when I went to the store, I could not find any tortilla chips that had not been made with sunflower oil or coconut oil.  So, I made my own tortilla chips.

1.  preheat the oven to 400.
2. put some foil on a cookie sheet, cut your corn tortillas in chip sized pieces, brush olive oil on them, and sprinkle on some salt.
3. place in the oven and cook for 6-10 minutes, until the edges curl.

they were delicious!  especially with the homemade salsa!! yum, yum!

Also, this weekend, I was making an eclair cake for Easter lunch.  This recipe calls for cool whip, and all the cool whip at food city had coconut oil in it.  So, I made my own!  It was so easy and delicious!

These homemade ingredients were cheaper, and I’m guessing that they are healthier because there isn’t anything extra added in, or at least I’m hoping so.

I’m going to go whip up another batch of chips.  Yay salsa time!

In the morning, look for my 23 for 23 blog update!

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Pizza Crust Failure

I am a pizza crust failure.

I have tried to make homemade pizza crust at least four times since Adam and I got married a year and a half ago, and I have messed up every single time.  I have tried different recipes, thinking that was the problem, and still, it does not matter if I use the most tried and true recipe, I still mess it up.

Adam and I were going to have homemade pizzas last night and earlier in the week I had made the Pioneer Woman’s homemade pizza crust.  You make it 2-3 days ahead of time and while it sets in the fridge it is supposed to double or triple in size.  Mine didn’t grow at all.  It stayed the same size the whole time.  And when I took it out yesterday it was all crumbly so we had to go buy crusts to put our toppings on.

This is usually the story with all the crusts I have tried, they do not rise.  I don’t know how I can try so many recipes and still the same things always goes wrong!  What the heck.

Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for homemade pizza crust that I can try, and most likely mess up?
Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?

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Thursday-Morning Tell-About

My Movie Queue: South Pacific, The Best Years of Our Lives, Lawrence of Arabia, Wings, Cimmaron, Hamlet, Grand Hotel
Pages left to read in my current book: 0 because I haven’t been able to find anything I have wanted to read
I have made: nothing.  I’ve been too sore to work on anything
I have worked on: budgets
Food made: I don’t think I made anything awesome recently, just regular meals
Goals checked off: calling my mother once a week, but I am so close on the best picture one!
Games played: Carcassonne, hand and foot, King of Tokyo
Favorite Pinterest pin:spoon

Total Blog views since last Thursday: 182
Number of snow days: 0
Movies Watched: 6: Hope Springs, Here Comes the Boom, Premium Rush, Tom Jones, Sleepless in Seattle, The King and I
Books read: The Green Mile
This week I love:  spending time with my husband
This week I hate:  cutting down our food money budget
Days until my birthday: 4

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My Wonderful Weekend

I had a really good weekend this last weekend.

On Friday there was a game night/potluck at Emmanuel.  Adam and I went and took Bacon Mac N Cheese (Yum!)  We played some fun games.  I left in the middle of game night to go to my sister’s concert at Milligan.  It was a Valentines concert and it was great!  I really enjoyed it.  After the concert I went back to game night, enjoyed a couple more games and then went home.

Saturday started out very boring.  Adam and I were going to go to see a movie, but it started snowing and we didn’t know how bad it would get, so we got some movies from the redbox.  The first one I watched by myself: Hope Springs.  This movie was actually rather depressing and not as funny as I thought it was going to be.  I did not really enjoy it.  Later that night, Adam and I watched Here Comes the Boom, which we really enjoyed.  It was funny and a good story.  But if you are only going to watch one MMA movie, we would recommend Warrior over Here Comes the Boom, but they are both good and very different.

On Sunday after church we came back home and watched Premium Rush.  We both really loved this movie and recommend it.  It was really fun and actually had more of a plot than we were expecting it to.  After the movie Adam went over to a friends house to play World of Warcraft.  While he was gone I watched another Best Picture movie, Tom Jones.  This movie was really fun and lighthearted.  I enjoyed it.  Then we went to Buffalo Wild Wings with Jacob and Lauren.  It was good to go out to eat and spend time with friends.  After dinner Adam stayed to play more with Jacob and I went home to watch Sleepless in Seattle.  I was very tired after this and went to bed early.  It was a good weekend, but I wish I had gotten more rest.  I’m exhausted!

Also, I finished the book I was reading and now I need suggestions for what to read next!

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Thursday-Morning Tell-About

My Movie Queue: South Pacific, The Best Years of Our Lives, Lawrence of Arabia, The King and I
Pages left to read in my current book:  100
I have made: a beardo hat
I have worked on:  crochet skills
Food made: lots of regular, budget saving meals
Goals checked off: a lot of my daily goals will not be getting checked off for a few weeks or months because of the wrench in my plan.
Games played: Carcassonne, hand and foot
Favorite Pinterest pin:

polka dot cake--this is awesome!!
This totally blew my mind, and now I have to try it!

Total Blog views since last Thursday: my stats page hasn’t been loading all week, so I actually have no idea.
Number of snow days: 0
Movies Watched: Pitch Perfect, Catch Me If You Can, Patton, The Brave One, Cavalcade, Goodfellas
Books read: just working on one
This week I love: my husband: Happy Valentines day Adam!
This week I hate: shoulder pain and not being able to sleep
Days until my birthday: 11

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Gather ’round, it’s Storytime!

I love stories.  The reason I love to read books and watch movies is all because of stories!  I also really like to tell stories, even though Adam doesn’t always appreciate them.  There is just something about stories.  At least once a week we’ll have storytime.  You can get your blanket and your carpet square and gather around as I tell you a story, most likely from my life.  I hope you enjoy this because I know I will.

This is a story I have been telling for a long time.  It was probably one of the funniest moments of my life.  I don’t remember what grade I was in when this happened, but the important part of the story is that it was the first year I could go to wilderness camp at camp L.R.C.A.  And I was pumped.  All my friends were going and it was going to be awesome!

I was so excited to go to camp because it was a week away from my family, all of my girl friends were in my hogan, and it was going to be a really fun week of wilderness camp.  You may be wondering what a hogan is, well let me tell you.  Well, here’s a picture: Wilderness-Hogan
As you can see, a hogan is a shed out in the woods with wooden planks nailed to the sides so you have 6 bunk beds.  The windows are holes cut out and a screen put in.  There is no way to be quiet exiting the hogan because the door will always slam shut behind you.  And yes, this is living.  I looked forward to sleeping in a hogan.  And since we’re girls, we all brought pool mattresses to inflate to sleep on.

So here we are, five girls and one counselor in the hogan.  The first night she went over the rules:  no boys or food in the hogan.  That’s pretty simple.  So we go about our week of wilderness camp and one night my friend Jessica pulled out a bag of twizzlers for us to share as we sat around and talked.  We didn’t think anything of it.

The next few days we started noticing weird things.  For one, Jessica’s suitcase had holes in it.  There were holes in some of our t-shirts and we weren’t really sure what was going on.  The camp nurse had a suspicion and asked us if we had food in our hogan.  Jessica admitted that she had brought a bag of twizzlers in, and so the nurse decided a search of the hogan was in order.

As we were cleaning our stuff out, we stumbled across mouse dropping throughout the hogan.  We took all of our stuff outside to search through it.  There I was, cleaning out my suitcase, pulling chewed articles of clothing out one by one, not noticing a big hole in the bottom of my suitcase.

One of the last things that I pulled out was a pair of shorts.  I was holding the shorts sideways by the right pant leg, and then I see, in the other pant leg, a mother mouse and two babies.

Well, I screamed my head off, dropped the shorts and ran away.  One of the scariest/most embarrassing moments of my life.

We took the hogan food rules much more seriously after this incident.  It has become one of my favorite stories to laugh about.

Moral of the story:  the next time you sleep in a hogan and someone tells you not to bring food in, listen to them or your shorts will be full of mice.

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I Eat–Pork Chops with Apples and Creamy Bacon Grits

Last night we tried this new recipe: Pork Chops with Apples and Creamy Bacon Grits and it was delicious!!
You use 6 pork chops, so it feeds more than just 2 people, so we had some friends over to share it with.
I was going to take lots of delicious pictures for you but I forgot because we were playing games while I was cooking.
From start to finish, making both dishes, this took just under two hours to make.
In The Pioneer Woman’s recipe she calls for stone ground grits.  Well, I had no idea where to get these, definitely not at Food City, so I just got a regular bag of grits and they worked just fine for us.

I would highly recommend this dish!  The grits are cheesy, bacony and delicious.  The pork chops are so yummy with the apples and the glaze.  Mmm.  I think I’ll even have some leftover bacon cheese grits for breakfast!

Also, if you don’t know The Pioneer Woman, you need to!  Most of my favorite recipes come from her.  And while she is cooking for a family of 6 and me for 2, we just have lots of leftovers of her amazing recipes, so we don’t complain very often.  And if you make this recipe and need someone to help you eat it Adam and I will happily volunteer.

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